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2013 Nissan Rogue Pros, Cons, Prices
And How To Get The Best
(See Also: "The Ultimate Nissan Rogue Negotiation Secret")
The Nissan Rogue's popularity stems from its appealing blend of capable and smooth-riding road manners with the space and cargo versatility of a compact crossover SUV, while also offering a sharp and distinctive exterior. On the inside, the Rogue features a refined level of design and materials quality that gives it an upscale overall look and feel that's one of the best in its class.
That said, the Rogue isn't perfect either. The only available transmission is a CVT (continuously variable transmission) which can be noisy when highway cruising. And while the four-cylinder engine provides satisfying power, there's no optional V6 choice. In addition, the rear seat doesn't slide or recline and the Rogue's attractive and curvy lines also somewhat hamper its rear visibility, while limiting its maximum storage capacity.
2013 Nissan Rogue
Before making a final buying decision, prospective owners should not only consider its appealing qualities, but measure the possible impact of its drawbacks as well. And if one then decides to proceed with a possible purchase, it's essential to also have a rock-solid plan for getting the best price (see the "How To Get The Lowest Price" link below).
The Rogue offers a smooth driving experience thanks to a suspension tuning that does a good job absorbing road bumps and rough spots.
In addition to its smooth ride, the Rogue possesses engaging and agile driving dynamics. Its car-like handling is further enhanced by an impressive and responsive steering system, very good body control and excellent highway stability.
The four-cylinder engine provides better-than-expected acceleration. In independent performance tests, a front-wheel-drive Rogue went from a standstill to 60 mph in just 8.6 seconds, a very good time for a four-cylinder crossover.
The Rogue's interior is quite refined and consists of high-quality materials. Most shoppers will find it a pleasant surprise not usually found in a compact crossover in this price range.
2013 Nissan Rogue interior
The front seats are particularly comfortable and supportive. While the rear seats are also comfortable, they also have a downside (see below).
The Rogue offers only the CVT, lacking both manual and traditional automatic transmission models. While the CVT is generally quite good, it's somewhat noisy at full throttle, making for a constant hum on the highway which some may find bothersome.
Also missing is a V6 engine option. While the four-cylinder is quite capable and will likely satisfy most drivers, performance is compromised when carrying a full load.
The rear seat doesn't slide or recline, limiting its versatility as well as passenger comfort to some extent.
Cargo space is adequate but mediocre. There's 28.9 cubic feet of storage with the rear seatbacks up, which is about the segment average. With the rear seats folded, cargo room increases to 59.7 cubic feet, but is less than most rivals.
That said, however, the SV model has a standard fold-down front passenger seat which allows for packing away longer items up to 8.5 feet long.
The same curvaceous design lines which limit its cargo capacity also interfere with rear visibility to some degree.
The 2013 Nissan Rogue is a well-equipped, attractive and impressive handling small crossover that does have some minor negatives. For those who can overlook them, or find them largely inconsequential, the new Rogue has much going for it and should prove to be a solid choice.
Other strong choices in this segment would include the redesigned and engaging Ford Escape, the refined Chevy Equinox, the sporty Kia Sportage, the newly updated Honda CR-V and the always-a-contender Toyota RAV4.
How To Get The Lowest Price:
Best Negotiating Tactic: Well, there's definitely a 'best way' when it comes to new car buying. If you want to get the best bottomline, out-the-door price you need to know exactly who to talk to at the dealership, how to make the contact and how to make this person eager to quickly drop prices as low as possible to get your sale.
Here's the details on exactly how to get the best price on a new Nissan Rogue ... or any other vehicle.
Good luck and all the best,